Chiefs Training Camp Update 8/4: What You Need to Know

News and notes from Tuesday’s practice

Nuts and Bolts of Tuesday's practice

  • The Chiefs held their second padded practice of training camp on Tuesday
  • After moving inside on Monday due to lightning, the Chiefs were able to practice outside for the entirety
  • Because Wednesday's practice will be a little lighter—starting at 9:15 a.m. and wearing just shells, Tuesday's practice involved a lot of hitting and the first "fully live" period of camp
  • Here's Tuesday's injury report
  • Special Teams coach Dave Toub, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, offensive lineman Mitch Morse, kicker Cairo Santos and newly signed receiver L'Damian Washington all spoke with the media on Tuesday
  • Temperatures stayed below 80 degrees for practice on an overcast day that was perfect for fans in attendance
  • CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora was in attendance Tuesday after NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Sports Illustrated's Don Banks were at camp on Monday
  • There wasn't a lot of downtime on Tuesday as coach Reid was overheard yelling, "No walking, let's go! Let's go! Let's go!" After practice on Monday, Reid said they don't condition the players after practice because practice is enough conditioning for them

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The Chiefs took to the field in full pads once again for the 2015 Training Camp held at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO.

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Top Plays from Tuesday's practice

There were a handful of plays that stood out on Tuesday on both sides of the ball.

During one-on-one drills between the linebackers and running backs and tight ends, veterans Derrick Johnson and Jamaal Charles put on a show for the crowd.

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After Charles did a solid job in pass protection during two of their reps, Johnson had his turn as he undercut an out route in pass coverage, snagged the ball out of the air with one hand and took it back for what would have been a pick-six interception return for a touchdown.

A little bit later in practice, fans were welcomed with a vintage Johnson tackle for loss as he met the running back out on the edge trying to get up the field and was brought down immediately. Johnson threw a shoulder into the thigh of the ball carrier.

On the very first play of the first "fully live" period at camp, rookie cornerback Marcus Peters, who was a standout on Monday, nearly picked one off for a touchdown return. He ultimately settled for a pass breakup as he came downhill on a pass from Alex Smith and seemingly came out of nowhere to knock it down.

Rookie linebacker Justin March made a nice play in 11 on 11 during the live period as well, shooting through a gap and taking down running back Knile Davis on a solo tackle.

Charcandrick West had another good day on Tuesday during live periods as running backs coach Eric Bieniemy could be heard praising the former Abilene Christian star.

Aaron Murray had a beautiful throw down the field to rookie receiver Da'Ron Brown during the live period as well.

The best catch of the day is a tie between Jason Avant, who made a leaping catch back across his body on a pass from Chase Daniel, and Jeremy Maclin, who snagged a couple of nice passes from Alex Smith across the middle of the field.

After one of those said throws to Maclin, Smith went out of his way after the play to praise Maclin, who caught the contested pass across the middle in traffic. It was a good display of Maclin's willingness to catch the ball regardless of what's going on around him.

Clips from Practice

Here are a video clips of what went on at practice on Monday:

Player Spotlight – running back Charcandrick West

It's hard to find a time that running back Charcandrick West isn't wearing a smile.

The former Abilene Christian University running back originally signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2014. After spending much of last season on the practice squad, he was elevated to the 53-man roster in November.

He's one of six running backs currently listed on the Chiefs roster along with Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Darrin Reaves, Spencer Ware and Anthony Sherman.

Coming into the 2015 season, West has shown enough through OTAs and a couple of days of training camp that he has had plenty to smile about.

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"I'm blessed," he said after practice on Tuesday. "I'm having so much fun out here with my brothers going to work every day."

West said it's night and day comparing his rookie training camp a season ago to where he's at now.

"My first year coming in, I was so lost," he explained. "So this year I came in, I knew the offense. I can focus on my football abilities, work on my craft and do what I do better."

Part of the reason he feels much more confident is the company that he keeps, having the opportunity to learn from teammates Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, among others.

"Learning the game of football and to just be patient," West said of what he's learned from those two guys. "When your time comes, it comes. I stayed with Jamaal this offseason and he taught me a lot about reading holes, being patient.

"He taught me when to use my speed, not just get the ball take off fast. I'm learning a lot from them. It's good to be friends with those guys."

West's goals are simple.

"Just prove that I can be of value to this team, and do whatever they ask me to do whenever my name is called upon," he said. "I just need to be ready to go."

On Tuesday during practice, West could be found shooting through holes and displaying the kind of speed and quickness that demonstrates an offseason obviously full of hard work and dedication to achieving those goals.

One of the most important figures in helping West achieve his personal goals, while also leading the entire running backs core is positional coach Eric Bieniemy, whose passion for the game is recognizable to those who spend any time around him.

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"It's great," West said of playing for Bieniemy. "I've never had a coach with more excitement than him. I don't care if you do wrong or right, whether it's Jamaal or whoever, he's going to treat us all the same. That's a great feeling."

While football players will always gravitate towards hanging out with the guys who play the same position, there might not be a more tightly knit group on the Chiefs roster than the running backs.

Whether it's attending concerts together or traveling down to Austin, Texas together to support Jamaal Charles' charity roast, they're always having a good time.

"I wish they would have let us do that roast because I probably had a lot better jokes for him," he said with a smile. "With us, it's always nonstop laughter and we're all just a bunch of comedians, but it was good to be there and support him."

For all training camp information, check out KCChiefs.com/trainingcamp.

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